Because of Him

Because of Him is a 1946 American romantic comedy film starring Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone.[1]

Because of Him
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Wallace
Produced byFelix Jackson
Screenplay byEdmund Beloin
Music byMiklós Rózsa
CinematographyHal Mohr
Edited byTed J. Kent
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 18, 1946 (1946-01-18) (USA)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


Kim Walker (Deanna Durbin) is an ambitious waitress who dreams of being on the stage. She tricks respected stage actor John Sheridan (Charles Laughton) into signing a letter of introduction. Thanks to the forged letter, Kim then wins the role of Sheridan's co-star in his next play, much to the disgust of the writer Paul Taylor (Franchot Tone).



In February 1945 Universal announced that Deanna Durbin and Charles Laughton, who had previously appeared together in It Started with Eve, would be reunited in Catherine the Last, "a contemporary comedy-drama with music". It would be filmed before Merry Merry Marriage recently announced for Dubin.[2] In May Richard Wallace signed to direct.[3]

Franchot Tone, who had appeared opposite Durbin twice before, was signed in August 1945, when the title was changed to Because of Him. Filming started August 15, 1945.[4]

Durbin had married the producer Felix Jackson in June 1945 and at the time of filming, she was pregnant with her first child.[5]


The New York Times called it "an utterly pointless fable".[6]

Durbin and Jackson later said "We thought that picture came closest to the so-called old-style Durbin story. Yet the New York critics gave us very bad notices. We don't know why."[7]


  1. "Because of Him". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. SCREEN NEWS: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton to Co-Star Jeanne Crain Gets Part. New York Times 17 Feb 1945: 10.
  3. Looking at Hollywood Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 23 May 1945: 20.
  4. Disney Buys Novel Tale; Payne, Tone Well Cast Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times9 Aug 1945: A3.
  5. Deanna Durbin's Roles to Continue: Motherhood Won't End Screen Career of Glamorous Singer Maternity Not to End Star's Roles Deanna Durbin Will Resume Film Career After Motherhood Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 9 Sep 1945: B1.
  6. THAT OLD QUESTION: Mr. Dietz's Thoughts on Film 'Significance' Are Put to a Practical Test Or Insignificance? Because of Ham By BOSLEY CROWTHER. New York Times3 Feb 1946: X1.
  7. BY WAY OF REPORT: Brief Encounter With Deanna Durbin- New York Times 21 Apr 1946: 51.
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